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Lanesborough Approves Plan to Hire EMTs in Highway Department
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Tuesday, January 23, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen have given the OK for the town manager to hire two emergency medical technicians to work in the Highway Department.   Town Manager Paul Sieloff put forth a proposal to bring on two additional workers who will also be responsible for running the ambulance during the day. The proposal is a creative way to address a shortage of volunteers, that have led the volunteer ambulance service to miss out on calls.    "What it would essentially do would give us coverage during the busiest time for the ambulance," Sieloff said.   He put forth the idea two weeks ago and, on Monday, the Board of Selectmen authorized him

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Pittsfield Crowne Plaza To Become Holiday Inn
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Crowne Plaza will transition into a Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites.   General Manager Charles Burnick said the licensing agreement with Intercontinental Hotels Group to operate as a Crowne Plaza has expired and the decision was made to renovate the entire building to become a Holiday Inn. IHG operates both Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands.   Work on the $2 million to $3 million renovation project is expected to start this spring and conclude by late summer, early fall.   "I would say the actual work would start by March 1," Burnick said. "We'd like to be done before the summer season ends."   The renovation will

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Berkshire County Democrats Meeting to Choose Delegates
01:55PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

Berkshire County Democratic committees will be holding their caucuses in February. This year's Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide offices, including constitutional officers and gubernatorial candidates. Committees can submit their information to by email to be included in this list. A complete list of caucuses across the state can be found here.

* Adams: The Adams Democratic Town Committee will hold its caucus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Adams Free Library, Miller Annex, 92 Park Street,

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MCLA Adds New Minor in Entrepreneurship
01:21PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently approved a new minor in entrepreneurship within the Department of Business Administration and Economics. Although many of the classes required for this new minor already are offered at the college, new courses will be added when the program is officially offered in January 2018.

According to Dr. Thomas Whalen, associate professor of business, the entrepreneurship minor may be added to most – if not all – of the majors MCLA offers.

"I cannot think of a single major that cannot be brought into some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor," Whalen said. "For example, someone in education might

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Berkshires Beat: MCLA Recognized for 'Outstanding Energy and Environmental Efforts'
12:44PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a recipient of a 2017 Leading by Example Award from the commonwealth of Massachusetts for outstanding energy and environmental efforts in the Public Higher Education category. Lawrence R. Behan, MCLA's vice president of administration and finance, said the college is committed to reducing its energy and environmental impacts. The college has installed numerous clean energy technologies and has improved resiliency.

Over the past decade, MCLA's clean energy and sustainability initiatives resulted in a 19 percent reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of removing 232 cars from the road – despite a

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Steele-Knudslien Arraigned on Murder Charge in Superior Court
10:36AM / Monday, January 22, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man accused of killing his wife was arraigned Monday morning in Berkshire Superior Court on a murder charge.    Mark S. Steele-Knudslien, 47, entered a plea of not guilty of one charge of murder in connection with the death of his wife, 42-year-old Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien.   Steele-Knudslien allegedly beat his wife with a hammer and stabbed her on the evening of Jan. 5 in their Veazie Street home in North Adams. Police say they discovered her body, wrapped up in the basement, after her husband entered the Adams Police Station hours later to report the crime.   Judge John Agostini ordered Steele-Knudslien continued to be held without

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Berkshire Groups Use Women's March Anniversary to Talk Next Steps
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:37PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local civic and advocacy groups are looking at how to build on the progressive movement launched by the massive Women's Marches last year.    The fight to raise people up from poverty, provide economic equity, health care and education, and ensure safe and welcoming communities, has to start at the grassroots level and include the voices of those most affected. That was the takeaway from Saturday's forum sponsored by Indivisible Pittsfield.    "We need to have everyone at the table," Shirley Edgerton of the Four Freedoms Coalition said. "Everyone needs to be making decisions about their own lives."   As millions

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1Berkshire President Discusses Economic Development With BRPC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:29AM / Sunday, January 21, 2018

Butler outlined a number of programs his organization has to address economic development on a regional level. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It would be difficult for a Berkshire town to recruit a large biotech company on its own.   1Berkshire President Jonathan Butler knows that because he was a town administrator. Now his focus is on countywide efforts to build the Berkshire economy by heading the region's designated economic development agency and tourism council.   What he would suggest to towns is to get all of the little things in place to seize an opportunity should it arise.   "The first step is to identify the most high-value work you can do," Butler

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 18
Staff Reports,
07:12PM / Friday, January 19, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, January 18.   Chelsey Roy, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of reckless endangerment of a child and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   She was ordered to serve one year of a two-year sentence at the Western Massachusetts Woman's Correctional Center and placed on two-years probation.    The incidents involved a child who was 11-months-old at the time between September 1, 2014 and October 5, 2014.    Single counts of assault and battery upon a child with injury and assault and battery upon a child were dismissed by the state.   Thomas Johnson, 40, of Pittsfield had

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Adams Community Bank Announces Retirements and Promotions
01:48PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank has announced the recent promotions of a number of employees, along with the planned retirements of two long-term staff members.

Rick Gurney, executive vice president of retail lending, will be retiring as of February 28, 2018, after 32 years of service. Bill Whitman, facilities manager for more than 38 years, retired on November 10, 2017. And Kathy LeClair, a teller/telephone operator at the Park Street branch, retired on December 29, 2017 after 33 years of service.

"These employees have served the bank with distinction over their careers. Their service to the bank earned the trust and loyalty of our staff and customers alike and we wish

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 19-25
01:07PM / Friday, January 19, 2018
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     January 19 - January 25, 2018 SAT Body, Mind & Health Expo at The Crowne Plaza The Body, Mind & Health Expo is a FREE event that will feature information and demonstrations to improve

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Attorney Named Partner of Local Law Firm
12:54PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Thomas W. Rumbolt has been named a partner in the local law firm Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.

Rumbolt has been with the firm since 2015 when he merged his prior practice.  

A native of North Adams and lifelong resident of the area, Rumbolt is very active in the Berkshire County community. He received his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1997 and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association and the Berkshire Bar Association. Rumbolt is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont and his primary practice areas include real estate, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy and commercial transactions.

He presently

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